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noun, plural sen·su·al·i·ties.
  1. sensual nature: the sensuality of Keats's poetry.
  2. unrestrained indulgence in sensual pleasures.
  3. lewdness; unchastity.
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Sometimes sen·su·al·ness [sen-shoo-uh l-nis] /ˈsɛn ʃu əl nɪs/.

Origin of sensuality

1300–50; Middle English sensualite < Old French < Late Latin sēnsuālitās. See sensual, -ity
Related formsan·ti·sen·su·al·i·ty, noun, plural an·ti·sen·su·al·i·ties, adjectivehy·per·sen·su·al·i·ty, nounnon·sen·su·al·i·ty, noun
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Historical Examples

  • You say that the sensualities of princes are only of 'anecdotal interest.'

    The Catholic World, Vol. X, October 1869


  • Thus the idea of mystery, αποροητα, finds its organ of expression in the sensualities of the human race.

  • But man, immersed in the flux of sensualities, can never fully attain this knowledge of God, the object of all rational inquiry.

  • It was these sensualities practised in the name of religion which caused the iniquity of the Canaanites to become full.

    Patriarchal Palestine

    Archibald Henry Sayce

  • There were the sensualities of the gourmet for his body, and there ended his human nature, as it seemed to me.

    Uncle Silas

    J. S. LeFanu

British Dictionary definitions for sensualities


noun plural -ties
  1. the quality or state of being sensual
  2. excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures
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Derived Formssensualist (ˈsɛnsjʊəlɪst), noun
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Word Origin and History for sensualities



mid-14c., "the part of man that is concerned with the senses," from Old French sensualite "the five senses; impression," from Late Latin sensualitatem (nominative sensualitas) "capacity for sensation," from Latin sensualis "endowed with feeling, sensitive," from sensus "feeling" (see sense (n.)). Chiefly "animal instincts and appetites," hence "the lower nature regarded as a source of evil, lusts of the flesh" (1620s).

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